Vehicle Overview

Mercedes' flagship S-Class full-size sedan seats five in two luxurious rows. A number of different powerful engines are available, as are high-performance AMG editions. Two more fuel-efficient S-Class variants are also available: the S350 Bluetec 4Matic diesel and the S400 Hybrid. The S-Class shares luxury-sedan real estate with competitors like the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Bentley Continental Flying Spur.
New for 2013
For the 2013 model year, the S350 Bluetec 4matic, S400 Hybrid and S550 models get the Premium 2 option package as standard. It includes parking assistance, a backup camera, keyless-go with push-button start and massaging front seats with adjustable comfort head restraints.
Exterior
The S-Class receives no major styling changes for 2013. Exterior features include:

  • S400 Hybrid has 18-inch 10-spoke wheels
  • S63 AMG has 20-inch twin five-spoke wheels
  • Standard bi-xenon headlamps 
  • Standard LED daytime running lights and taillamps
  • Available panoramic sunroof

Interior
Chrome and wood accents adorn the inside of the S-Class, which has room for up to five people. As opposed to a console-located gearshift, the driver selects Park, Drive and Reverse via a stalk on the right side of the steering column. Parktronic parking assist and a backup camera are standard on select models. Drivers who wish to manually control the automatic transmission can use shift paddles on the steering wheel. Interior features include:

  • Comand system with 7-inch dash screen and center-console control knob
  • Split-view dashboard screen can show different content at same time for driver and passenger
  • Standard heated and ventilated front seats, optional massaging 
  • Available power-adjustable rear seats with heating and ventilation
  • Available premium stereo 
  • Available rear entertainment system

Under the Hood
In addition to the hybrid V-6 and diesel V-6, available engines include two V-8s and two V-12s, all of which team with automatic transmissions. Mechanical features include:

  • S400 Hybrid has a 3.5-liter V-6 and a seven-speed automatic with a total system output of 295 hp
  • S350 has a 240-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 and a seven-speed automatic
  • S550 features a new 429-hp, 4.6-liter direct-injection V-8 and drives a seven-speed automatic
  • S600 powered by a 510-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-12 and features a five-speed automatic
  • S63 AMG has a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 that makes 536 hp, works with a seven-speed automatic and includes a start/stop feature (optional Performance Package increases output to 563 hp)
  • S65 AMG uses a 621-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 and a five-speed automatic
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive

Safety
Safety features include Mercedes-Benz's Pre-Safe system, which can tighten the front seat belts, close the sunroof and side windows, and adjust passenger seats for optimal safety when the system senses an impending collision. The S-Class can also get Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control and Pre-Safe Brake. Pre-Safe Brake works in conjunction with Distronic Plus radar signals and can slow the car automatically to lessen the severity of a collision. Other safety features include:

  • Side curtain airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Electronic stability system
  • Optional lane departure warning system and driver-drowsiness monitor
  • Optional infrared night-vision system projects black-and-white video image on instrument cluster display
  • Available active body control with crosswind stabilization